Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson joined Marketplace in the summer of 2012 to re-launch and produce the then-named Tech Report, now called Marketplace Tech. He was officially hired as host in early 2014.

Johnson started his career in journalism in 2003, working as a features and general assignment reporter for The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut. While there he won a regional award for feature writing, and was recruited to write a weekly entertainment column for the Tribune Media Service wire service. In 2006, Johnson relocated to New York City to be an entertainment and music reporter at the Staten Island Advance newspaper, where he soon moved into hard news, working the cops beat and as a weekend city desk editor. In 2010, he began to work as a freelance web producer at The Takeaway, a national radio show produced out of New York's WNYC Radio in partnership with WGBH, The New York Times and the BBC. Johnson went on to be a freelance radio producer at WNYC, serving as the digital editor for The Takeaway while also doing live and features reporting for the station on everything from Occupy Wall Street to New York's last functioning ship graveyard. While working at WNYC, Ben started blogging for Slate Magazine's breaking news blog, The Slatest.

In 2012, Ben left WNYC to manage a partnership between Slate and YouTube, producing daily breaking news videos and other content for SlateV, the magazine's video department. He also wrote regularly for Slate's Future Tense blog and drew the extreme ire of his fellow Radiohead fans by asking the band to stop touring.

He doesn't like to brag about it but over the years, Johnson has interviewed Jay-Z, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Luciano Pavarotti, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Josh Homme, Biz Stone, Guy Kawasaki, Col. Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Young. He enjoys and engages in 80s movie references, pie baking, and high-fives. His Twitter feed has never been polluted by a subtweet. His interest in swimming knows no bounds, especially if there is a high-dive and a high-five involved. 

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Features by Ben Johnson

3D printing regulation a re-hash of the Napster war?

A Danish company called Create it Real says it has software to help prevent people from creating gun components on their 3D printers.
Posted In: 3D printing, gun control

Weddings see rise in online streaming

Weddings are going digital. Think handheld devices at destination weddings streaming to Grandma, who couldn't fly out.
Posted In: wedding, streaming

Screening out job candidates with Facebook? Don't

A new study says Facebook behavior isn't a good indicator of prospective employee performance.
Posted In: Facebook, Jobs, career, job interview, social media

How a Tweet could cost you $2,000

Some people's Twitter musings are worth more than the Tweets of the rest of us according to the SEC.
Posted In: Twitter, Securities and Exchange Commission

The future of desert solar power

Solar facilities like Ivanpah could be the future -- or, they could be a footnote in the history of clean energy.
Posted In: solar power, alternative energy, california, desert

Vobfus and Beebone: Two computer viruses team up to infect computers

Computer viruses are bad enough, but what happens when they start cooperating to ruin your digital life?
Posted In: computer virus, hacking

Zynga, seeking mobile turnaround, names Microsoft Xbox head as CEO

Microsoft executive Don Mattrick will become the next CEO of social gaming company Zynga as the company seeks salvation through mobile platforms.
Posted In: zynga, Microsoft, video game, xbox

Groupon founder tries hand at motivational music

Groupon’s ousted founder Andrew Mason thinks he has some business wisdom to impart. So, he’s cut an inspiration album.
Posted In: Music, groupon

Online TV provider Aereo expanding despite broadcast lawsuits

Aereo, a company that allows users to watch live TV online, may be coming soon to a city near you. But it's also facing major legal challenges from some of broadcast's biggest players.
Posted In: television, streaming

Nokia buys Siemens stake for $2.2 billion

Nokia has bought out electronics giant Siemens in a joint venture to make high-speed wireless network technology.
Posted In: nokia, lte, Siemens

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